Current Board of Directors

Directors are elected yearly by the Active Members at the Annual General Meeting of the Land Trust. New Directors are recruited through a comprehensive process based on the skills required for the Board. All Directors serve on a volunteer basis.

If you are interested in becoming a Director for the Land Trust, please contact us at:

Vernon & District Community Land Trust
c/o Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan
3105 33rd Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9P7

Phone: (250) 540-8572

Randy Kolibaba, President

Randy is an experienced and respected member of the RCMP who recently retired after thirty four years of distinguished service. Through his many years in law enforcement, he has become clearly aware that public safety & crime are directly depended on prevailing social issues. Although dedicated to his work throughout the region, Randy has a commitment to Vernon with a grass roots understanding that safe and affordable housing is a basic requirement for a healthy community

Kari Gares

Kari graduated from UBCO (formerly OUC) in 1999 with a double major in Psychology and History.  She was born and raised in the Okanagan so she has a good understanding of the challenges faced by many within our Community.  She is married (Tim) with two children, Josh (16) and Zack (14).  She has been a Mortgage Broker since 2011, operating her own business but has been in the Industry since 1997 as a mobile mortgage specialist with TD Canada Trust.  As a Broker, her role is to assist with home ownership for many who live here.  It is due to this role that Kari saw the need for affordable housing initiatives as many are faced with precarious financial situations that make owning a place of their own difficult.  During her campaign run for the City of Vernon, she realized that her strengths in the housing industry could benefit many and that is when she pursued being a Board Member for the Vernon Land Trust.

Marty Gilbert

Marty’s bio and photo will be available here soon.

Jane Lister

Jane Lister is the Regional Dean at Okanagan College’s – Vernon Campus and previously spent twenty-one years in the role of General Manager at Community Futures – North Okanagan.  During this time, she has participated on the City of Vernon’s Affordable Housing Committee and has been actively involved in housing initiatives in the North Okanagan and throughout her career, Jane has developed strong partnerships in government, community organizations and businesses.  Currently she is involved with the City of Vernon’s Economic Development Committee, the Okanagan Rail Trail Society, North Okanagan Refugee Committee, and is a member of the Vernon Estate Planning Council. Jane has a B.A. and a M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.


Melissa Munn

Melissa is a Professor in the Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies departments at Okanagan College. She recently joined the Board of the Community Land Trust and over the last 20+ years she has been involved with other not-for-profit groups, many of which have dealt with housing issues.  Melissa is hoping that her previous experience with anti-poverty, transitional housing and social justice groups, will allow her to work with the other Directors (and community partners) to find innovative ways to meet the diverse housing needs in Vernon..

Joe Pearson

Joe Pearson

Joe is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in real estate.  He is an Associate Broker with Remax in Vernon and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Land Trust table, particularly in identifying suitable land which can be developed into affordable housing.  He was a founding member of the Land Trust and is past chairman of both the Advisory Planning Committee and the Economic Development Committee for the District of Coldstream. He is a Past President of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, a Director of the BC Real Estate Association and is currently the elected member for the County of Yale, of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, the regulatory agency for the Industry. Joe’s understanding of the challenges and solutions of affordable housing in our community is a valuable asset to the Board of the Land Trust.

Margaret Penner

Margaret Penner has worked in the Hospitality Industry in Vernon since moving here with her family in 1982.  She worked in management at Silver Star for 20 years and as Director of Sales & Marketing at Predator Ridge.  Margaret understands that affordable housing is a key factor in attracting and retaining quality staff.
She is passionate about the “Service Industry”, working as a trainer for several local companies as well as her own small businesses. She was one of the founding Sponsors of the “Go Award” – a program recognizing Above & Beyond Service for front line workers in Vernon.
Margaret believes everyone; including low – middle income employees and seniors deserve a safe healthy home, and is part of The Land Trust Board to work toward this commitment.

Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart

Ken spent twenty-one years with Bell Pole Company in various capacities ~ the last 10 years as President. Prior to the Land Trust Ken was involved with the City of Vernon’s Hesperia project  – a land-housing project in the Okanagan Landing area.  He continues to be active in the community in a variety of ways and enjoys living in Vernon.